Stanford 31, SDSU 20. Rashaad Penny is talented enough to ease the Aztecs’ pain of losing Donnel Pumphrey. However, SDSU's line isn't USC's, and the Card will do anything it can to avoid losing in the trenches in consecutive weeks. Stanford covers in a bounce back win, including a stronger showing from Keller Chryst.
The saying "everybody gets 1 freebie" will be in full effect Saturday. Shaw had his one terrible back to back losses last season. He also was outcoached last weekend versus SC. He has a chance to redeem himself and the team with a great showing versus a team with a good defense and a very good coach on the road. I think Stanford shows the fortitude they have instilled in the program and win 28-20.
San Diego State's run game alone could give Stanford a run for their money, but luckily, the Aztecs have a weak pass game, so the Cardinal should be able to stack the box without getting punished. As for offense, expect Bryce Love to have a big day.
Prediction: 31-17 Stanford
Sure, Rashaad Penny and Juwan Washington are something special for SDSU. However, with an offensive line which lost 130 of 144 starts from '16 and little to no experience in their receiving corps, the Aztecs don't seem to stand a chance. Remember this was a defense that in Week 2 gave the great Sam Darnold fits at times. As mentioned above, B-Love should gash a young defense missing six key playmakers from last season. Stanford takes this one easily, 37-17.
SDSU is no pushover, and their play style mimics the classic 2012 Stanford formula. Expect a slower paced game this week, as both sides look to establish a strong rushing attack. I anticipate Stanford builds on a new O-line configuration. SDSU is no USC, and today Bryce Love continues the rushing success. Stanford wins 31-21.